Ice Cube Says He Lost a $9 Million Role Over Covid Vaccine Refusal

There’s no way you can make Ice Cube get vaccinated for Covid-19, even if it means taking away $9 million. Last year, it was announced that Ice Cube had been cast in the comedy Oh Hell No! alongside Jack Black, but it wasn’t long before he parted ways with the project. Just a few months later, it was revealed that he’d exited the production after he was asked to get vaccinated, as this was mandatory for the cast and crew. For Cube, it was more important to reject the jab, and as he confirms in a new chat on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast (via Variety), the decision cost him $9 million.

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“I turned down a movie because I didn’t want to get the motherfucking jab,” explains the rapper and actor. “I turned down $9 million. I didn’t want to get the jab. F*** that jab. F*** ya’ll for trying to make me get it. I don’t know how Hollywood feels about me right now.”

Later in the same interview, Cube suggested that there was a bit more to his decision to reject the shot. He claims that he “didn’t turn it down” and that they “just wouldn’t give it” to him, and it’s not entirely clear what he means by that, but Cube goes on to add that he “didn’t need” the vaccine.

“Those motherf***ers didn’t give it to me because I wouldn’t get the shot. I didn’t turn it down. They just wouldn’t give it to me,” Cube says. “The Covid shot, the jab… I didn’t need it. I didn’t catch that sh*t at all. Nothing. F*** them. I didn’t need that sh*t.”

Cube also teased that he’s working on some independent productions where he wouldn’t have to abide by mandatory guidelines set by big studio movies. He doesn’t name any specific projects but notes that he has “a lot of things up my sleeve.”

Oh Hell No! Would Have Seen Jack Black Falling in Love With Ice Cube’s Mom

Oh Hell No! is to be directed by Kitao Sakurai (Bad Trip) while Jack Black is producing with Roz Music and Matt Tolmach of Matt Tolmach Productions. Black also stars in one of the lead roles as Sherman with Cube previously on board to co-star as his friend, Will. In the film, trouble arises when Sherman falls hard for Will’s mother. Following Cube’s exit from the project, no new actor has yet been announced to serve as his replacement.

Prior to its issues with production, Oh Hell No! had been dated for July 1, 2022, by Sony Pictures. It currently doesn’t have a new release date.